Potato cookery lessons set for secondary school roll-out

Potatoes are to become part of secondary schools' national curriculum thanks to a new programme launched by the Potato Council.

The Cook Your Own Potatoes project follows a successful pilot project and will build on the Grow Your Own Potatoes scheme in primary schools.

The educational programme will help 11- to 14-year-olds learn about different varieties, uses and tastes of the vegetable and help them develop positive cooking and eating habits.

Potato Council education coordinator Sue Lawton said: "Research has revealed that only one in five secondary school pupils knows that potatoes are fat-free and 12 per cent actually believe they are high in fat."

She added: "This new programme will show them that potatoes are a nutritious carbohydrate. It will also teach them the basic cooking skills needed to prepare potatoes and encourage them to include a variety of potato dishes in their repertoire."

The project is due to be rolled out nationally this month. For further details, see www.cyop.potato.org.uk.

Positive feedback

The Potato Council undertook extensive research with teachers and pilot lessons in Leicester and London schools to establish potential interest in the project.

The response from teachers and students confirmed that Cook Your Own Potatoes would be extremely well received.

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